Terry Burgess
Terry Burgess

To fine ANYONE for showing pride in their native American heritage is a crime and also a gross insult to the US Constitution!! The school board should publicly apologize to this lovely girl, immediately remove any fine, and hang their heads in abject shame!!! They seem to forget to whom America belonged before the voracious and greedy rape of the land by outsiders!!!

Kiran Machiraju
Kiran Machiraju
  • Terry Burgess

Well said, Sir

Johnny O. Limon
Johnny O. Limon
  • Terry Burgess

YES! Period.

Matthew Sherwood
Matthew Sherwood
  • Terry Burgess

Well said Terry,... I will second that!

Cynthia Hill
Cynthia Hill

At LaFayette High School, in LaFayette NY, our Native Students can wear their native traditional outfits for the graduating ceremony. I believe there was opposition at first! no one was ever fined to my knowledge? laFayette HS is not a native school!

Jo Unrau
Jo Unrau

What is wrong with Americans!! It seems most of them are crazy. Shooting everything that moves, being ridiculous over a feather, and when they aren't killing everything else on the planet they're murdering each other. I'm so grateful I'm not American.

Linda Smigelski
Linda Smigelski
  • Jo Unrau

I am with you Jo and I am an American....we are so violent a nation yet we cringe at a baby breastfeeding - and supposedly are a free country yet we cringe if we see somebody naked on a beach - I lived in the south of Italy and have travelled in Yugoslavia when the war was going on - those people were killing each other - the people from Bosnia and Serbia - yet supposedly they had reasons - not a right reason(s) - but here we have so many mentals who kill for the sake of killing - animals...

I am with you Jo and I am an American....we are so violent a nation yet we cringe at a baby breastfeeding - and supposedly are a free country yet we cringe if we see somebody naked on a beach - I lived in the south of Italy and have travelled in Yugoslavia when the war was going on - those people were killing each other - the people from Bosnia and Serbia - yet supposedly they had reasons - not a right reason(s) - but here we have so many mentals who kill for the sake of killing - animals and people....American thinks only this country is the best but no place is the best....everyplace has their good and bad.

Andrew Bonifazi
Andrew Bonifazi
  • Jo Unrau

Idiocy is universal. However, as a hunter, I have to defend my kind. I do not shoot everything that moves. Nor do the majority of hunters. Those that do are called poachers and are pursued and prosecuted as criminals. In my state, wildlife conservation is funded by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and the Pitman-Robertson Act that imposes an excise tax on sporting items like guns, ammo, fishing tackle, boats, and archery gear. As with any group there are hunters who lack ethics, but...

Idiocy is universal. However, as a hunter, I have to defend my kind. I do not shoot everything that moves. Nor do the majority of hunters. Those that do are called poachers and are pursued and prosecuted as criminals. In my state, wildlife conservation is funded by the sale of hunting and fishing licenses and the Pitman-Robertson Act that imposes an excise tax on sporting items like guns, ammo, fishing tackle, boats, and archery gear. As with any group there are hunters who lack ethics, but most Americans don't hunt, and of those who do the majority do so legally and ethically. I agree violence is a problem, as it is in many (all) other parts of the world, and this argument over a feather is more than ridiculous, but I wouldn't trade the freedom I enjoy here for any place in the world. After all, I am still allowed to speak out about this issue without the fear of retribution.

James Mastin
James Mastin

I would so much like to support this, but here is my problem. It would open the door for racist low lifes to do likewise, and that I wholeheartedly do not support. Find me a way around that, and I will sign the petition with a joyous heart.

TwoEagles Solar
TwoEagles Solar
  • James Mastin

That is a cowards way out

James Mastin
James Mastin
  • James Mastin

Way to go. Now I will ignore the petition completely, and advise my friends and family of your insulting reply and suggest they ignore it also.

Andrew Bonifazi
Andrew Bonifazi
  • James Mastin

If a student wore something offensive on their mortarboard they should be required to remove it or not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Anyone is allowed to display a cross in their yard, but if I burn one in your yard it's a hate crime. But displaying a symbol of your heritage or patriotism or religion etc. should be protected. This isn't a petition about allowing display of racist symbols it's about free speech involving a young woman's ethnicity and heritage. If you...

If a student wore something offensive on their mortarboard they should be required to remove it or not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Anyone is allowed to display a cross in their yard, but if I burn one in your yard it's a hate crime. But displaying a symbol of your heritage or patriotism or religion etc. should be protected. This isn't a petition about allowing display of racist symbols it's about free speech involving a young woman's ethnicity and heritage. If you can't support this kind of free speech, how can you support it at all. After all, free speech often gets a little uncomfortable for some people, but is still the cornerstone of the foundation of this country. So, if you still can't sign this petition because it might open the door for something uncomfortable, even though what you are really doing is defending our Constitution and its first amendment, then I agree, you are taking the coward's way out.

Albert M Legoo
Albert M Legoo

I am an Ojiba Indian and am proud of it. More power to you Chesley, for being proud and showing it.

Phil Brand
Phil Brand

What the hell is wrong with the world? This is so stupid it is almost beyond belief. After all, they are the true indigenous population of that country, she is courteous enough to remember and celebrate that, how could that possibly offend anyone?

Andrew Bonifazi
Andrew Bonifazi

If they fined all the christian kids that wore crosses to this graduation, they would have a new school board already. But, this young lady wears a symbol of her proud heritage and is punished for it. Makes me sick how an "educator" much less an educational bureaucracy is so hell bent on killing individual expression. Had it been something truly inappropriate I could understand some action. But, a $1000 fine seems out of line even for inappropriate behavior. Especially since no one was...

If they fined all the christian kids that wore crosses to this graduation, they would have a new school board already. But, this young lady wears a symbol of her proud heritage and is punished for it. Makes me sick how an "educator" much less an educational bureaucracy is so hell bent on killing individual expression. Had it been something truly inappropriate I could understand some action. But, a $1000 fine seems out of line even for inappropriate behavior. Especially since no one was harmed. I have many friends in the Muskogee (Creek) Nation and I am deeply offended by this type of discrimination. I can only imagine how they feel.

Greg Everett
Greg Everett
  • Andrew Bonifazi

I couldn't agree more however, I believe it's illegal to have an eagle feather in your possession. I think that is the problem.

Victoria Satterthwaite

Clearly the school board isn't using the time they are being paid for in productive ways - maybe they need to be replaced.

Svenja Diederichs
Svenja Diederichs

My mother said: If the student was a Christian and would have worn a cross around her neck during graduation, she's sure it would have been okay! ...

Svenja Diederichs
Svenja Diederichs
  • Svenja Diederichs

And by the way: It really annoys me that the school has messed up this special day for which she had been waiting for so long.

Linda Smigelski
Linda Smigelski
  • Svenja Diederichs

I feel the same way - it was her special day and she was proud of a couple of things, no doubt - heritage and graduating - and the school ruined it.... shame on that school system.

Greg Everett
Greg Everett

While I don't have a problem with her heritage or her traditions, but because eagles are protected, last I heard, it was against the law to possess an eagle feather, which is probably why she was fined. That would have nothing to do with school policy.

Andrew Bonifazi
Andrew Bonifazi
  • Greg Everett

Not illegal for native Americans as long as they get them through legal means. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_feather_law

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